Feb 10, 2011

Huge iPhone game sale: Capcom, EA, and Gameloft titles 99 cents each

If you were holding out to buy games  on your iPhone because it's ridiculous to spend money on intangibles that can get deleted or steal your information then you are in luck because there are tons of games on sale now for .99 cents each!    It's a dollar- you can buy a soda, eat a burger or bet a game.  


I love 99-cent games. Wait, that's not right: I love games that are priced at 99 cents. Which is why today is my lucky day: three major game developers have slashed prices on some of their bestselling titles.
Between them, Capcom, EA Games, and Gameloft are selling nearly 50 iPhone/iPod Touch games for 99 cents apiece--and a handful of iPad titles as well. (Update: SEGA titles are on sale as well.) That's fairly unprecedented. The only tricky part is figuring out where to spend my shiny new dollar. (Oh, who am I kidding, I'll probably end up spending a dozen of them.)
Capcom's list is the shortest, so I'll start there:
  • Devil May Cry 4 Refrain
  • Phoenix Wright
  • Resident Evil 4 (also for iPad)
  • Street Fighter IV
On the flipside, EA Games (which is "welcoming Verizon users to the iPhone") has the longest list of goodies, including:
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  • FIFA 10
  • FIFA 11
  • Madden NFL 11
  • Mirror's Edge
  • Monopoly
  • Monopoly Here & Now: The World Edition
  • NBA Elite 11
  • NCAA Football
  • Need For Speed Hot Pursuit
  • Need For Speed Shift
  • Need For Speed Undercover
  • Pictureka! (also for iPad)
  • Reckless Racing (also for iPad)
  • Risk: The Official Game
  • Scrabble
  • SimCity Deluxe
  • Snood (also for iPad)
  • Tetris
  • The Game of Life Classic Edition
  • The Sims 3
  • The Sims 3 Ambitions
  • The Sims 3 World Adventures
  • The Simpsons Arcade
  • Yahtzee (also for iPad)
Whew! Quite a list. Finally, we come to Gameloft, which has 13 titles on sale as part of a Valentine's Day promotion (which ends Feb. 14, natch). Here's the rundown:
  • Brothers In Arms 2: Global Front
  • Driver
  • Fishing Kings 
  • Hero of Sparta II
  • Let's Golf! 2 
  • Prince of Persia: Warrior Within
  • Rayman 2: The Great Escape
  • Real Golf 2011
  • Shadow Guardian (also for iPad)
  • Shrek Kart
  • Spider-Man: Total Mayhem
  • Star Battalion (also for iPad)
  • Zombie Infection
Gameloft is also letting users vote on a 14th game, one that will go on sale for 99 cents on Feb. 14. The only catch: to cast your vote, you have to "like" Gameloft on Facebook (a step I know some users won't want to take).
My question for you: if you had only $1 to spend, which of these games would you buy--and why? I'd probably have to give the nod to Madden NFL 11, but, man, it's a tough call.
Update: SEGA also has a bunch of games on sale for 99 cents, including Altered Beast, ChuChu Rocket (also for iPad), and Super Monkey Ball 2.
Rick Broida, a technology writer for more than 20 years, is the author of more than a dozen books. In addition to writing CNET's The Cheapskate blog, he oversees BNET's Business Hacks. Rick is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CBS Interactive. Deals found on The Cheapskate are subject to availability, expiration, and other terms determined by sellers.


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